Friday, January 19, 2007

There is a LOT going on in Olympia

I send out lists of bills every few days when I have time to go through the list that I get from WashingtonVotes.org. This one was too long to put in an email. And I have the room to comment about it here!

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House Bill 1385 (Implementing a strategic direction for higher education.):
Introduced by Rep. Fred Jarrett on January 18, 2007, to implement a strategic direction for higher education that includes increasing the capacity in higher education, increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees each year, as well as assure that the cost of attendance per student is less than 30% of that family’s income.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49367

Education is important, all the way up.

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House Bill 1395 (Allowing out-of-state physicians to recommend marijuana for terminal or debilitating medical conditions.):
Introduced by Rep. Sherry Appleton on January 18, 2007, to allow out-of-state physicians the ability to recommend marijuana for terminal or debilitating medical conditions. The recommendation must come from a physician from another state that authorizes the use of medical marijuana. Currently, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are the only states that allow medicinal use of marijuana..
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49377

I support natural substances used to relieve suffering.

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House Bill 1396 (Providing a single ballot proposition for regional transportation investment districts and regional transit authorities at the 2007 general election.):
Introduced by Rep. Dennis Flannigan on January 18, 2007, to modify transportation provisions enacted by the 2006 Legislature. The 2007 general election ballot will include two separate transportation proposals for King, Pierce, and Snohomish County residents – one from the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) and one from the Regional Transportation Authority (Sound Transit). Under current law, one measure cannot go into effect unless the other is also approved. This bill would combine the measures into one ballot proposal instead of two. See companion SB 5282.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49378

We're going to be voting on this, so it's important to keep track of what we're going to be voting on.

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House Bill 1399 (Changing collective bargaining eligibility requirements for certain employees of higher education institutions and related boards.):
Introduced by Rep. Steve Conway on January 18, 2007, to modify the definition of “employee” for the purposes of collective bargaining for higher education employees.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49381

(see Washblog)

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House Bill 1420 (Modifying provisions on primary election ballots.):
Introduced by Rep. Troy Kelley on January 18, 2007, to allow votes in a primary election to be counted even if the voter failed to declare a political party preference on a consolidated ballot. A political party affiliation would be inferred if a voter voted for members of the same party throughout the primary ballot.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49402

Duh!!!

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Senate Bill 5383 (Modifying provisions of the energy freedom program.):
Introduced by Sen. Jim Hargrove on January 18, 2007, to expand the Energy Freedom Program to include community action agencies. Among other changes, the bill would allow the director to fund 100% of a project’s cost if the project is that of a community action agency. Generally, the Energy Freedom Program may only contribute up to 50% of the total project cost.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49419

The What!!! I didn't even know about the Energy Freedom Program, and they already want to "improve" it! Sweet!!

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Senate Bill 5399 (Developing a work group to support industry clusters as an economic development tool.):
Introduced by Sen. Derek Kilmer on January 18, 2007, to require the workforce training and education coordinating board and the economic development commission to convene a working group, consisting of the department of community, trade, and economic development, the employment security department, the state board for community and technical colleges, a representative of local economic development councils and local workforce development councils. The workgroup would create a framework for the identification of economic clusters, as well as service and resource delivery to the clusters.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49435

Summary in one word: localization!

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Senate Bill 5403 (Certifying animal massage practitioners.):
Introduced by Sen. Marilyn Rasmussen on January 18, 2007, to require certification for animal massage practitioners. Certificate applicants would be required to complete a minimum number of hours training through a qualified program and successfully complete a competency exam. See companion HB 1158.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49439

(WTF!!)

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Senate Bill 5416 (Encouraging carbon dioxide mitigation.):
Introduced by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles on January 18, 2007, to provide a business and occupation (B&O) tax credit for voluntary carbon dioxide mitigation efforts. Businesses that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, verified through an independent third-party organization, can apply for a B&O tax credit of $1 for every ton of mitigated carbon emissions. See companion HB 1208.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49452

Hurah!!!

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Senate Bill 5420 (Requiring public agencies to post certain information to their web sites.):
Introduced by Sen. Pam Roach on January 18, 2007, to require all public agencies that manage a website to post certain information. The information includes all ordinances, rules, regulations, orders or directives and minutes of all regular and special meetings of the governing body. The website must also contain meeting dates and names of the governing body .
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49456

I don't like much of what Pam Roach does, but this I'll support 100%!

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Senate Joint Memorial 8002 (Requesting that Election Day be changed to coincide with the Veterans Day holiday.):
Introduced by Sen. Eric Oemig on January 18, 2007, to request from Congress Election Day should be changed to fall on the Veterans Day holiday.
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49458

What a fascinating concept! Give people a chance to participate!!!

1 comment:

Barbara*in*Seattle said...

I much prefer this format to email format. I get way too much email and it starts to all look the same after a bit.